Female Figure Study. Albert Joseph Moore (English, 1841–1893).
Moore was the most purely ‘aesthetic’ of the classical revival painters of the 1860s. As Sidney Colvin wrote of his work in 1870: “The subject, whatever subject is chosen, is merely a mechanism for getting beautiful people into beautiful situations.” (Portfolio, 1870).
Like most artists of his generation, Moore was deeply influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Movement. In the mid-1860s, he began to produce the decorative works by which he is best known today. These show female figures in diaphanous classical draperies, but they are not historical reconstructions. Moore’s subject matter is insignificant. The meaning of his works lies in the harmonious relationship of shapes and colours.